Volunteer for the Worcester State Foundation Golf Tournament

The 21st Annual Worcester State Foundation Golf Tournament is just around the corner on Monday, June 23. In past years, Honors Program students have volunteered at this important fundraising event, and the organizers are again looking for volunteers this year.
The tournament will be held on the sister courses of Kettle Brook Golf Course and Wachusett Country Club. With nearly 125 golfers at each course, this provides a wonderful opportunity for students to meet alumni and corporate sponsors while paying it forward to fellow students by volunteering their time.
The form to volunteer can be found at http://worcester.imodules.com/golfvolunteer. Note that shifts and various volunteer opportunities are available. If a student finds that the times listed don’t work, we are happy to work with their availability.

 

Honors Study Break: Cinco de Mayo

The Honors Program invites you to an afternoon study break!   There will be a nacho bar and margarita mocktails in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

Monday, 5/5, 1-2 p.m.
7 Hills Lounge, Wasylean Hall
Please remember to submit an RSVP form.

Poetry Craft talk tomorrow (4/29)

The English Department at WSU and the Humanities & Arts Department at WPI are excited to host Forrest Gander, a Pulitzer finalist in poetry (2012), and Christina Davis, an award-winning poet and the curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room, on Tuesday, April 29. Gander and Davis will offer a free Craft Talk about poetry writing, translation, travel writing, genre hybridization, and the writing life at WSU from 3-4:15 p.m. in the Eager Auditorium in the Sullivan Building.  All are invited to this event and to the poets’ reading at 7 p.m. tomorrow night in Salisbury Labs at WPI (rm. 115 in Kinnicutt Hall).

As part of their visit, Gander and Davis will share the stage here at WSU with Commonwealth Honors student Sarah Leidhold, the first place prize winner of the annual Barbara Pilon Poetry Contest, who will also read from her work.

Be sure to RSVP for honors credit!

The month in review…

April highlights for the Honors Program included…

  • Overnight NYC trip
  • Congratulations Day for the Class of 2018
  • Conference Practice Dinner
  • Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity
  • Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass-Amherst
  • President’s Dinner and Twelfth Night.  Bravo to honors students Peter Starr and Nathen Wheeler for amazing performances and kudos to the honors students who worked on the set.
  • On Guard 5K, organized by our own Julie Broderick as part of her Commonwealth Honors Project.

Thanks to all the students and faculty who made these events possible!

On Guard 5K: A Commonwealth Honors Project

Many thanks to Honors senior Julie Broderick for organizing this very successful event!

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Thanks also to all the honors students who came out!

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And congratulations to top finisher Cal White!

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Fall Honors Courses–updates

Still looking for an honors course?

Please note that the all-honors PH 263-H1: Film and Philosophy (GP, TLC) still has seats available.

Dr. Weierman’s special topics course, EN 450-H2: Transatlantic Antislavery Literature, has just been approved for the following LASC categories: WAC, DAC, TLC,  USW.

TODAY: Spring into Divestment!

Looking for an honors event?   Inspired by Sandra Steingraber and wondering about your next step?
Spring into Divestment!   Come listen to a local student activist talk about all things climate, activism, and divestment.  After the guest speaker, join students in tye-dyeing a free T-shirt!   T-shirts are first come, first serve.
Tuesday, April 22nd from 1-3PM
on the lawn outside the Student Center

Sponsors: GTU, EAG, Divestment Team

Commonwealth Honors Project Prize Competition–results!

The Honors Program is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Commonwealth Honors Project Prize Competition, which was judged at yesterday’s Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity:

First Prize ($250)
George Andrews: “Timberrr!: A Study of Timber Harvesting in Massachusetts”
Faculty advisor: Dr. Allison Dunn
 
Second Prize ($100)
Colleen MacWilliam: “Descriptions of Concrete Objects by People with Aphasia
Faculty advisor: Dr. Sharon Antonucci
 
Third Prize ($50)
Sarah Leidhold, “Superfluous Sincerity” (poetry collection)
Faculty advisor: Dr. Heather Treseler
 
Honorable Mention
Julie Broderick, “The On Guard Initiative”
Faculty advisor: Dr. Joan Mahoney
 
 
Congratulations to the winners and to all the Commonwealth Honors Scholars for their remarkable projects!   And many thanks to the judges and faculty advisors for their essential contributions.

Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity, 4/16

We hope you’ll be able to attend some portion of tomorrow’s Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity: you can support your fellow honors students, get inspired for your own future projects, and earn honors event credit (as always, remember to submit an RSVP form).  See below for the conference schedule.
This year we have launched two new honors traditions:
1) The Conference Practice Dinner: On Monday night, six honors students practiced their presentations, answered questions, and received feedback from their faculty advisors, all while enjoying a pasta dinner.  It was a wonderful, productive evening.
2) The Commonwealth Honors Project Prize competition: Look for the round CHP badges on the contest entries!
We are very proud of the original, rigorous work produced by our students and wish all the presenters the best of luck.
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The Celebration has two parts: a morning schedule of Oral Presentations and Panel Discussions in the Student Center (9:30 a.m. -1 p.m.and an afternoon Poster Session in the May Street Auditorium (1-3 p.m.).  There are 121 poster sessions and performances and 15 oral presentations and panels.
ORAL PRESENTATION & PANEL DISCUSSION SCHEDULE– Please note that this does not contain a list of the afternoon Poster Sessions, which are too numerous to include in one email.
9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
THE WOMEN OF THE BEAT MOVEMENT
Laura Sutter
Faculty Advisor: Tona Hangen, Ph.D.
Foster Room
9:45 – 10 a.m.
A MOTHER’S RIGHT TO LIFE
Tiara Yahnian
Faculty Advisor: Henry Theriault, Ph.D.
Foster Room
9:45- 10 a.m.
STRATEGIC PLAN FOR WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS: CREATING AWARENESS, EXPOSURE AND FUNDING FOR “CARNAVAL” 2014
Daniel Williams, Shyna Trova, Jacob Poplaski, Taryn Lielasus, Francesca Presti, Kaitlyn Haselton
Faculty Advisor: Emanuel Nneji, Ph.D.
President’s Dining Room
10 – 10:15 a.m.
COULD SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE
BE A REALITY IN THE UNITED STATES?
Breeyn Green
Faculty Advisor: Michelle White, Ph.D.
Foster Room
10 – 10:30 a.m.
THE NEED FOR HIGHER EDUCATION AMONG WORCESTER STATE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: JOBS AND FINANCIAL SECURITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Joseph Philips, Ryan Miller, Ashley Anthony
Faculty Advisor: Emanuel Nneji, Ph.D.
President’s Dining Room
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF CHILDHOOD AND LIFE CHANCES FOR CHILDREN IN TANZANIA
Rebekah Lizotte
Faculty Advisors: Fortunata Makene, Ph.D., Sonya Conner, Ph.D.
Foster Room
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
OPTOGENETIC STIMULATION OF THE AUDITORY CORTICOFUGAL SYSTEM
Maryanna Owoc
Faculty Advisor: Keith Darrow, Ph.D.
Foster Room
11 – 11:15 a.m.
THE UNIVERSAL FIBONACCI SEQUENCE
Jason A. Green
Faculty Advisor: Hy Ginsberg, Ph.D.
Foster Room
11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
ADVOCACY IN THE CAPITAL
Brandy Klaes, Brian Mullen
Faculty Advisors: Carl Herrin & Patrick Hare
Foster Room
11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
HAMLET’S HEART OF DARKNESS
Steven Connors
Faculty Advisor: Heather Treseler, Ph.D.
Foster Room
12 – 12:15 p.m.
PURITAN OF THE POST-WAR: JOHN BERRYMAN’S “HOMAGE TO MISTRESS BRADSTREET” AS A CRITIQUE OF COLD WAR AMERICA
Christine Hickman
Faculty Advisor: Heather Treseler, Ph.D.
Foster Room
12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
READING THE NON-READER: HOW STUDENTS WHO DO NOT READ SEE BOOKS
Nick Duffy
Faculty Advisor: Karen Woods Weierman, Ph.D.
President’s Dining Room
12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
THE INVISIBLE PEOPLE OF THE 1950s: EXPLAINING THE CAUSE OF POVERTY DURING PROSPERITY
Jean Cabral
Faculty Advisor: Tona Hangen, Ph.D.
Foster Room
12:45 – 1 p.m.
MEDIA IN SOCIETY BOOK PUBLICATION
Julie Frechette, Ph.D.
Foster Room
12:45 – 1 p.m.
CHOLERA IN WORCESTER: A STUDY OF THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY PUBLIC HEALTH MOVEMENT
Alan Ira Gordon, Urban Studies Instructor
President’s Dining Room
2:30 – 3 p.m.
HONORS STUDENTS REFLECT ON THE WASHINGTON, D.C., EXPERIENCE
Debora Dias, Gwendolyn Bois, Tony Caushi
Faculty Advisors: Carl Herrin & Patrick Hare
May Street Building, Classroom 107

Non-honors seats in embedded honors courses can easily be converted

Hi everyone.

Welcome to the start of pre-registration!

This is just a reminder that, in many cases, it is possible to convert a regular seat in a course with embedded honors seats to an honors seat. If you are registering for a course with embedded honors seats and all honors seats are taken, just register for a regular seat and e-mail me or Dr. Weierman to let us know that you’d like to take the course for honors. We will then ask the professor’s permission to add the honors seat.

Good luck with registration—feel free to contact us with any other questions or problems as well.

–Dr. HD

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